Antifa members have inflicted terror on the streets of many American cities. However, while they have the potential to be dangerous, it seems that some aren’t so tough when they’re taken into custody.
Fox News reported on Wednesday that a high profile antifa agitator “dropped into the fetal position and began crying” upon his apprehension.
Commander Red arrested
Local news outlet WBAY identified the arrested man as 23-year-old Matthew Banta, who allegedly goes by the alias “Commander Red.”
According to a police report, Banta is “known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.”
Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith told the affiliate, “It’s worrisome when people associated with Antifa come here to Green Bay from out of town … for the purposes of committing violent acts.”
The Green Bay Press-Gazette also stated that Banta had “military-grade 5-minute” smoke grenades along with fireworks and a flamethrower.
Banta is currently facing charges of obstructing an officer as well as two counts of felony bail jumping. He was released on a $2,500 bond.
Feds confront chaos in Portland
Left-wing street violence has ratcheted up in recent months and sometimes turned deadly. Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson was shot dead on the streets of Portland last weekend following an event to support the president.
Portland police were reportedly investigating Michael Forest Reinoehl as a suspect in Danielson’s killing. He reportedly described himself on social media as being “100% antifa.” The New York Times reported Thursday night that Reinoehl was shot by federal officers during an attempted arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service has begun deputizing state police officers in an attempt to quell the city’s problem with political violence, The Oregonian has noted.
As a result of the move, rioters who attack the deputized officers can now be prosecuted under federal law. That comes in response to Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s policy of refusing to prosecute many of those arrested at violent demonstrations.
During a press conference on August 11, Schmidt announced that he would no longer be going after a range of offenses, including interfering with a peace officer or parole and probation officer and harassment.